Data: Retail sales drop in March driven by decline in online spend

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Retail sales fell year on year in March as pre-pandemic habits and hobbies returned.

Retail sales volumes including fuel dropped 1.4% year on year, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), declining 0.6% when fuel is excluded.

Compared with pre-pandemic levels recorded in February 2020, sales volumes excluding fuel were up 2.2%.

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